Grandfather Raven Returns Tomorrow From Black Raven


With Halloween right around the corner, pumpkin beers are everywhere right now.  I appreciate the style but, for some reason, I just haven’t been in a very pumpkiny mood this year.  What I’ve really been waiting for is the return of all those wonderful Winter Stouts.

Lucky for me, they’ve starting to arrive over the past month or so and, this Saturday, one of my local favorites is returning from Black Raven Brewing Company: Grandfather Raven Imperial Stout.

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Dogtoberfest Happens This Saturday At Urban Feed and Garden


Two of my biggest passions in life are craft beer and dogs.  I’m a huge fan of both, and love it when breweries team up to help our furry friends.  Coming up this Saturday, three Seattle breweries: Counterbalance Brewing Company, Tin Dog Brewing Company and Perihelion Brewery, are teaming up with Urban Feed and Garden to host Dogtoberfest, a family friendly event to benefit the Seattle Humane Pet Project.

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Firestone Walker Retires Proprietor’s Reserve Series Beers

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Sometimes, saying goodbye to an old friend can be difficult.  While selecting just one beer as my favorite is a virtually impossible task, I do have a few favorites for several different craft beer styles.  Firestone Walker Brewing Company‘s Double Jack double IPA, for example, is on my list of favorite IPAs (double IPAs actually).  Now, it looks like I’ll have to say goodbye to Double Jack and a few of his brothers.  Read on to find out why.

Part of the reason I don’t have a single favorite beer or a large number of set favorites is that new craft beers come out at such a brisk pace these days.  It seems you can hardly go a week lately without discovering one or more new beers on tap each time you visit your favorite craft beer bar or even some local breweries.  Sure, there are some breweries out there who come out with their set list of beers and hardly ever change or introduce something new, but that approach can seem downright boring next to the plethora of breweries who are constantly coming up with something new.  After all, craft beer drinkers are explorers.  Most love trying new things, so we don’t tend to fall into the same rut as those who prefer mass-produced American Lagers like Bud or Miller.

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Naked City Prepares For Their 8th Anniversary


Sometimes, which breweries you tend to frequent will depend as much on location as it does on beer quality.  This is one of the reasons I don’t get to a few of my favorite Seattle breweries as often as I’d like to.  I work somewhat odd hours and live in the South end.  So visiting any Seattle breweries that are farther North in the city requires a bit of effort on my part, largely due to our craptacular traffic.

One of Seattle’s North end breweries that I don’t visit nearly as often as I’d like to is Naked City Brewery & Taphouse in Greenwood.  Owner and head brewer, Don Webb, really enjoys his work, and it shows in the quality of beers Naked City continually puts out.  I’m particularly fond of The Big Lebrewski, their award-winning White Russian Imperial Stout.

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Corvus Kriekus Arrives This Weekend From Black Raven Brewing


Are you a fan of Sour Ales?  Just a few years back, I wasn’t.  I hadn’t discovered them yet and decided that the best way to introduce myself to them would be attending the annual Sour Fest at Brouwer’s Cafe.  The first time I attended was back in 2011 and, since then, my love for sour beers has grown exponentially.

We’re fortunate in the Seattle area to have several local breweries that make some excellent Sour Ales.  One of those breweries is Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) out of Redmond.  This coming Saturday, October 8th, Black Raven is set to release the 2016 vintage of Corvus Kriekus.  This tart Ale is made using locally-sourced ‘Van’ and ‘Black Republican’ cherries from Wenatchee, WA.

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Teku Tavern Set To Open On October 18th – UPDATED


We’re blessed here in the Northwest to live in an area where there are so many great breweries.  Having easy access to so many great beers is great for craft beer fans like us, but it’s also part of what allows Seattle to have some of the best tap and bottle shops around.  Some of the most popular and well known ones include The Beer Junction, Bottleworks and Chuck’s Hop Shop.

Now, joining those establishments is Seattle’s newest tap and bottle shop: Teku Tavern.  Named for the Teku style of glassware that has been called the “World’s best beer glass”, Teku Tavern is looking to, as they put it, elevate the beer scene in Seattle.  They’ll have 50 taps, 3 cask stations and 29 refrigerators of beer and cider to go.

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The 2016 Seattle Fresh Hops Festival Starts This Friday


Have you been enjoying Fresh Hop season?  I don’t know about you, but my lupulin levels must be through the roof.  I love the abundance of hoppy beers available this time of year and am thankful that I live in the Northwest, which produces the best Fresh Hop beers available in the World.

So, have I had enough?  Not by a long shot.  I know there are opinions out there that hops are overused in the craft beer industry and that the IPA style has taken over too much and become too hoppy.  To that I say, absurd.  Yes, there are some ridiculously hoppy beers out there. That’s great for those of us who enjoy them.   If you don’t, however, then don’t drink them. It’s just that simple.

The abundance and popularity of IPAs and hoppy Pale Ales doesn’t mean there aren’t other choices out there. Although, I will admit, most tap lists are rather hop-heavy this time of year for obvious reasons.  If you’re like me though and just can’t get enough then you’re in luck, because the 2016 Seattle Fresh Hops Festival starts this Friday at Hale’s Palladium.

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Magnanimous IPA Returns From Fort George Brewing


Enjoying craft beer is all about appreciating the skill of the brew master and treating your taste buds, while having a great time with friends and family.  So, if you’re feeling resentful or holding onto a grudge about something this holiday season, Let it go.  Be like Fort George Brewing Company.  Be Magnanimous.

This Fall/Winter Seasonal Ale is brewed with Grand Fir trimmings from Earth & Sky Farm in Oregon City, which Fort George co-owner Chris Nemlowill has been storing in his basement since May when they were picked.  Magnanimous IPA is a great way for hopheads like me to enjoy the Holidays and Hops at the same time.

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Festivus Returns From Black Raven Brewing


Wasn’t Summer here just yesterday?  It sure feels like it and, to my delight, Fresh Hop beers are everywhere right now.  It’s easy to forget, however, that Fresh Hop season also means harvest time and that means that holiday beers can’t be far behind.

Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) is prepared for the return of the Holidays and, as such, are pleased to announce the return of their annual Holiday Ale, Festivus.

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Two Beers & Seattle Cider Partner With Agrial Cooperative


We’ve seen our share of ‘buyouts’ in the craft beer World.  You know the feeling – that heartbreaking moment when you realize that one of your favorite craft breweries has ‘sold out’ to the big boys: InBev or SABMiller.  This is NOT one of those moments.

Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) and Seattle Cider Company, the first cidery in Seattle since the days of prohibition, are pleased to announce that they have formed a partnership with French, farmer-run cooperative Agrial.  They’ve struck a great deal that allows for additional expansion of both Two Beers Brewing and Seattle Cider, without giving up any control.  Both brands will continue to operate completely independently, right here in Seattle.

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